Contemporary Culture

Graffiti by Lisbon – Street Art

A passion for street art and photography move Jorge Santos and his children to explore Lisbon’s avenues, streets, alleys and even abandoned sites. They share their finds in this community exclusively dedicated to Lisbon’s street art.

Calçada da Glória

This pioneering project puts several, massive canvases on the street for artists to work on. You’ll find work here rotates quite quickly, so it’s very likely that you’ll catch an artist painting one of the canvases – or the neighbouring walls. One artwork worth noting is the collaboration between Nomen and Utopia, the Brazilian artist that has been living in Portugal for some time now.

Avenida 24 de Julho

Just after Praça D. Luís I, you’ll find the sculpture of a fox made from trash. The artist behind it is Bordalo II, grandson of the famous visual artist Real Bordalo. Bordalo II’s work uses mostly waste materials, in an attempt to call out society on it’s consumerist habits.

Rua da Senhora da Glória

This portrait of an anonymous woman is the work of two world-renowned street artists: the Portuguese Vhils, known for portraits sculpted on stone, and the North American Shepard Fairey. You’ll find it at the end of the street, on the right-hand side.

Rua Saco, 21

João Maurício, whose tag name is Violant, is one of Portugal’s most promising young street artists. He has a unique style, very close to surrealism. You’ll find one of the artists most famous works in Rua do Saco, but it’s just one of many scattered around the city.

Rua do Capelão

João P. Pinto and Rui Mecha made this very simple, but very appreciated, piece inspired by Mouraria’s fado history and tradition. The fact that this piece is so close to Largo da Severa, a square named after one of Lisbon’s most legendary fadistas.

África lisboeta por Rádio AfroLis

Carla Fernandes considers herself an afrolisboeta. She has developed a podcast at AfroLis radio station to create a space where those of African descent can express themselves. Artists and the public debate, racism and identity, revealing aspects of an emerging black consciousness in Portugal.

Casa Mocambo – Rua do Vale de Santo António, 122A

Before it was called Madragoa, this neighbourhood was known as Mocambo, where fishermen and a large black community coexisted. According to accounts of her visit in 1880, the Queen of Congo herself partied here at “African parties” that “horrified” contemporary reporters. The restaurant seeks to recreate this diversity, to become a bridge between all the Mocambos in the world, through language and cultural manifestations.

BLeza – Cais Gás, 1

BLeza was an important Cape Verdean musician and this spot has born his name since the 90s. It’s always open to the best African music and culture, where you can catch Angolan semba, Cape Verdean morna, or even dancekizombaand kuduro.
Recently, it has also opened its doors to the latest African electronic music.

Lugar de Fala Lisboa – Calçada do Cascão, 10

This tapas bar with Afro-Iberian inspiration is a space for hanging out, conversation, music and poetry, in the heart of Alfama itself. You’ll find such delicacies here as Tuna Muxama, octopus couscous, pumpkin seed “meatballs”.

Hangar – Rua Damasceno Monteiro, 12

This is a centre for artistic investigation, with several presentations on African themes divided by the exhibition space, artistic residences and studios. It also works as a training centre.

Cantinho do Aziz – Rua de São Lourenço, 5

This restaurant isn’t glamorous, nor does it boast of fashionable decorations but it’s well-known among everybody who likes Mozambique. According to those in the know, it’s where you’ll find the best Mozambican food.

Live music by LISBOA Live

The Facebook page Lisboa Live was started in 2009. The page highlights food, culture and history, with a particular appreciation for concerts, especially ones that are open air.

Nos Alive– Passeio Marítimo de Algés

One of the biggest music festivals in Europe, with over 50,000 attendees every day it is open. Lisbon stops for these three days every year. Bob Dylan, Coldplay, Radiohead and Pearl Jam are just some of the artists that have headlined here.

Coliseu dos Recreios – Rua Portas de Santo Antão, 96

A multipurpose room. Democratic to its core, it has been housing all kinds of shows – from opera to circus. Many Portuguese artists have this stage as a key thing to aim for, and climbing onto it is a defining moment in one’s career.

Musicbox – Rua Nova do Carvalho, 24

In 2011, the street in Cais do Sodré with the highest number of bars per meter squared was painted pink. The reaction was immediate: the bars got busier and the nightlife boomed. At the heart of it is Musicbox, a perfect place to enjoy smaller concerts in a bar-like atmosphere.

Centro Cultural de Belém – Praça do Império

All along its construction, which started in 1998, this was a controversial project. Today, however, it is perfectly integrated with Belem’s cultural offer. This is, after all, one of the neighbourhoods that draws most tourists. The curatorship is always eclectic, ranging from classical music, to jazz and pop.